Zim refocusing to achievement of SDGs: Pres Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says his administration has refocused the national fiscal policy to ensure ministries are aligned to the achievement of specific Sustainable Development Goals. The President said this when he officially opened the sixth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development being held in Victoria Falls from the 24th to the 27th of this month.
President Mnangagwa highlighted that the government’s five-year development plan is endeavoring to achieve an upper-middle-income status economy by 2030. He noted that the need for Africa to work together is imperative especially now that the continent has entered the decade of action.
“Zimbabwe’s Vision 2030 directly addresses the aspirations highlighted by the SDGs and Agenda 2063, and seeks a developmental path that lives no one behind. Accordingly, our 5year national development plans running up to 2030 will endeavor to achieve an upper-middle-class status by 2030. We have refocused our annual national budget to ensure that every program at Ministry level is aligned to specific SDGs.
“We have entered the crucial phase of the decade of action, it is, therefore, most opportune that we meet once again to collectively to review the progress that our continent has made to our commitments towards the achievement of our Sustainable Development goals. As Zimbabwe we are convinced that the interlinked threats and challenges to sustainable development confronting our continent require everyone to share experiences, responsibility and to contribute to the attainment of a common vision and implementation framework,” he said.
The President pointed out some of the commendable measures in the education and agriculture sector that have been taken by the 2nd Republic towards the realisation of the SDGs.
“In Zimbabwe we have reconfigured our Higher and Tertiary education to ensure practical application of science, technology, and innovation to create goods and services which address the daily needs of our people. We have established innovation incubation hubs across the country while policies, programmmes and facilities are being put in place to allow for greater youth participation and empowerment in Information and communications technology (ICT) related businesses. My country has made strides to finance and modernise Agriculture through programmess we named command Agriculture and the presidential input support scheme,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa urged African nations to leverage on the vast unique natural resources that the continent has.
“Agrobased industrialisation and efficient exploitation and utilisation of Africa’s vast natural resources are the bedrock upon which our continent can speedily achieve sustainable development. In this regard, the fourth industrial revolution offers Africa in particular opportunities to expedite the attainment of SDG4and 9. As they relate to quality education, industry and innovation, and infrastructure development,” he said.